Contrary to what their name suggests, Russian Blue Beads are of no relation to Russians, but are thought to be of either bohemian or Dutch origin. These beads were historically used for purposes of trade in regions such as Africa in the early 19th century. As their name denotes, Russian blue beads are in fact blue in color, with most having a lighter shade of blue on the inside. These beads are crafted into a tube-like shape and are handmade. Russian trade beads may be threaded to produce unique strands featuring graduating larger beads in the center and smaller beads towards both ends, amongst other magnificent designs.